Tortricidae : Olethreutinae
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Approx Length (c. 6.5mm) Wingspan (10-13 mm.)
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Pammene argyrana
Black-bordered Piercer

(H?bner, 1799)1228 / 49.363

Morley’s Final Catalogue: Frequent everywhere among oak. Copdock, common on oak-trunks and beaten from birch in Bentley Woods during April and May, not uncommon all round Ipswich, Nacton, Shrubland Park, Redlingfield, Monks Soham; Brandon.

Recent Status: Not recorded as commonly as in Morley’s time.

Life Style: A single brooded species flying from April to June and coming to light. The larvae feed as inquilines inside spongy galls on oak. They hibernate fully fed in a cocoon.

Identification: A dark species with a dark head and an irregular white dorsal blotch, pointed on the costal edge, marked with dark striae. There are strong whitish costal strigulae some with plumbeous grey stria that edge the ocellus. There are ochreous scales especially in the terminal half and there are white scales, in the basal area, side of thorax and in the ocellar area. More Info

Verification Grade Comment: Hindwing examined - otherwise = 4

Recorded in 14 (24%) of 58 10k Squares.
First Recorded in 1977.
Last Recorded in 2021.
Additional Stats

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List Species Records   [Show All Latest]
Latest 5 Records
Date#VC10k Area
10/06/2021+25TM34 - Hollesley/Rendlesham Forest
09/06/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
05/06/2021225TM46 - Minsmere/Leiston
03/06/2021+25TM35 - Snape/Tunstall
27/05/2021126TL78 - Brandon/Lakenheath
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Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Wingspan: 10-13 mm.
Flight: April and May
Foodplant:   The larva lives in a gall, often that of another insect.
Nat Status: Local
Verification Grade:  Adult: 2
 Immature Adult
Underlying maps using Digital Map Data © Norfolk Online Lepidoptera Archive - NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021. © James Wheeler - Norfolk Moths 2007 - 2021. Data © NOLA™ - Suffolk 2021
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